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  • Summary: The American Idol contestant returns with his band's follow-up to its Grammy-nominated self-titled debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Daughtry and his band return with similar aggression on their sophomore album, Leave This Town. Daughtry's ferocious growl is still the centerpiece of the new songs, but the band has also taken a few creative risks.
  2. The blueprint of follow-up Leave This Town--chugging riffs, angsty-sensitive lyrics, here-come-the-soaring-double tracked-?choruses--may feel utterly familiar, but it's undoubtedly what the people (the people not being up for, one guesses, any major stylistic switcheroos) want.
  3. At best Leave This Town inches beyond its predecessor, deeply tunneled into the hard-rock mainstream but a touch more confident and eclectic.
  4. It takes gall to put a song called 'No Surprise' on your second disc, but gall is something Daughtry does not lack, and that's what made him one of the only bona fide rock stars to come out of American Idol.
  5. If you called Leave This Town, his familiar-sounding sophomore effort, workmanlike, he’d probably see it as a compliment. Too bad this is disappointingly generic hard rock with virtually the same formula that made his debut such a success.
  6. Taking into account that half of Leave This Town was never intended for headphone listening, and is better heard blasting on a car stereo or a jukebox, it can seem somewhat picky to criticise the album for being poorly-written or for sounding like compressed dog poo.
  7. Chris Daughtry has a real band that plays really serious songs, which are, almost without exception, really, really bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. DevinD
    Jul 21, 2009
    10
    Honestly if you like the album you shouldn't care what critics say. They are paid to give serious reviews of an album not. "Oh my god I love this album" They are paid to go and listen to the music and compare it to other people's music. And yes compared to a bunch of albums that have come before it of course you can expect the kind of reviews you've seen. DAUGHTRY entered the world at a time where everything he's done has been done before him. Expand
  2. SwertM.
    Jul 16, 2009
    10
    A very excellent sophomore album for Daughtry, and a good continuation to what hopes to be a long discography. I'd recommend it for Rock fans everywhere. Expand
  3. TonyK
    Jul 21, 2009
    9
    Excellent Album. Keep on Rocking Daughtry. Some critics are so snobbish you can only laugh.
  4. Colin
    Jul 28, 2009
    8
    I personally thought this album was better than the first. I liked that it had a heavier sound to it than their first one.
  5. DaveB
    Jul 16, 2009
    6
    Andrew N. says critics are so wrapped up in their world they dont recognize good music. Well, even though Leave This Town is a decent cd, the critics who rate it low make some valid points. It IS predictable and the lyrics do tend to get a bit overwrought. You cant expect a cd that sits neatly beside so many other artists to be well received by all the critics. You have to offer something fresh, new, ambitious, and relevant to receive high marks universally. Daughtry offers very good singing that is certainly heartfelt, but the music is not a challenge to digest. Decent album, but not award worthy. Expand
  6. MissT.
    Aug 1, 2009
    4
    I see that Chris has talent and a nice voice (even though sometimes he overdoes it and it kinda sounds like...well, a billy goat!). I enjoyed his first album, but by no means did I think it was amazing. Listening to this album proves that his style hasn't changed much, which is a little bit unfortunate because the band has talked about the work and changes they put into this album. Maybe their third album will improve. Expand
  7. ChrisH.
    Jul 16, 2009
    0
    Or maybe, critics have just heard better music and have a larger variety outside the top twenty on the radio.

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